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I've been trying to fix my mum's (windows 7) laptop that has been compromised by a virus. It's done a lot of damage and I've decided a reinstallation or installation repair is in order.

Unfortunately we can't find the original cd so I'm making a repair cd from my windows machine and hopefully that will give me what I need to start anew. Only thing is, I don't know the windows key if it asks me for it, and the ink on the bottom of the laptop is smudged and faded so I can't read the key off of there. I'm wondering if there is a recovery tool that I can make a boot disc of that will also let me read the current key off of the current installation?

I vaguely remember a tool back in the windows xp days that let you make a cd that booted fully into the operating system and had a smorgasboard of tools, but I don't remember what it was called or if anything has been replicated for windows 7 (or if I even need anything so advanced)...
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https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

Unfortunately you can no longer obtain Windows 7 ISO through legal means as it is no longer available from Digital River. See article:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_7-system/how-to-what-are-my-options-for-obtaining-windows-7/528163c1-0b2e-4ad2-a26d-7112851d1dc2
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post #3 of 11
I use PRODUKEY like toilet paper at work. You can also use Hiren's Boot CD to boot into a pre Windows environment to ran scan's on your system. I've been able to repair seriously infected machines multiple times. If you need to do a fresh install, as above, there is no legal means. There are alternatives that provide unmodified ISO's that you can use to reinstall.
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https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

Unfortunately you can no longer obtain Windows 7 ISO through legal means as it is no longer available from Digital River. See article:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_7-system/how-to-what-are-my-options-for-obtaining-windows-7/528163c1-0b2e-4ad2-a26d-7112851d1dc2

I vouch for Keyfinder. I use it at least twice a week, whether its at work or working on something on the side.

Oh, and this is the purchased version.
post #5 of 11
You can give Microsoft Software Recovery at try
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery

The windows key can also be found by speccy
https://www.piriform.com/speccy
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I should mention I have a legal copy of windows 7 for my own pc. I was assuming that every copy is unique and I have to use the cd key paired with it, but maybe my assumption is wrong? I've opened up the laptop and took the hdd out, attached it to my pc, I'm going to see if I can read the key off of the drive and write it down...
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I like Belarc for key recovery. It'll also grab Adobe software, Office, etc keys and reveal them to you in a nicely formatted HTML system audit
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I like Belarc for key recovery. It'll also grab Adobe software, Office, etc keys and reveal them to you in a nicely formatted HTML system audit

Second that, Belarc has been working out great for me, the few times I had to use it. And revealing a Windows 7 key on a system that had it already installed, when was that ever legal? (Genuinly curious tongue.gif)
 
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Go to AVG.com and download a copy of their system repair disc.

Then if you can get into safemode, pop the disc in first before restarting, go to safe mode before you get to the windows boot screen and start scanning. You don't need to redo the OS.

Also get a copy of Malwarebytes on the system
You can run them both simultaneously and they do a good job of tracking down offenders. If it can hide from that onslaught of AV scanning in safe mode then it will survive reformat n reinstall IMHO. An if it can you will need a new drive.

Don't have to listen to me but I've cleaned quite a few critters off peoples systems.

MWBytes is not a virus btw. JiC someone objects to my methodology. Don't know how many times I have read otherwise from people who got that information 2ndhand. mellowsmiley.gif

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Second that, Belarc has been working out great for me, the few times I had to use it. And revealing a Windows 7 key on a system that had it already installed, when was that ever legal? (Genuinly curious tongue.gif)

Well, if it's a retail-bought machine, then the license key is supposed to be displayed on the Certificate of Authenticity sticker somewhere on the chassis. In that case, you can reinstall and reactivate Windows as many times as you feel like as long as you're doing so on the machine that came with that license.

I could see how reverse-engineering the key could potentially run afoul of the DMCA, but since it's information that you already HAVE, I don't see an issue with it.
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